Southern California Senior
Has decent speed and burst with decent instincts. Can make stops laterally in pursuit, and effective when he's allowed to attack upfield. Can fill the hole at the point of attack, break down and wrap up ballcarrier. Shows ability to get upfield off the edge and set the edge against the run. Flashes decent burst as a blitzer. Shows a nose for the ball at times in traffic and sniff out the misdirection play. Willing to take on the lead blocker at the point of attack. Shows awareness when working in short and intermediate zones. Can read the QB and jump the quick slant or break up a pass over the middle.
Doesn't wow you with his instincts. Not a very physical player, especially at the point of attack. Tends to be a drag-down tackler that lacks pop as a tackler. Won't win when facing a good back one on one in the hole. Whiffs on too many stops at the point of attack. Needs to do a better job attacking the ballcarrier in the hole, or taking on the lead blocker. Struggles to get off blocks at times especially when facing linemen and tries to run around blocks as a blitzer. Gets sucked into traffic too often and struggles to filter through to make stops in pursuit. Doesn't have great speed or burst to make plays in the open field, lacking ideal range there. Doesn't get great depth when working in zone, getting caught out of position at times. ANd doesn't have the burst or hips to match up well in man coverage.
Galippo is what most would call a solid linebacker prospect that can do a number of things fairly well, but doesn't excel anywhere. He's not overly big, physical, fast, or instinctual. But he's not truly lacking in any of those areas either. He has the ability to play multiple roles in multiple schemes, although most of his time at USC was spent playing middle linebacker. He entered his junior year widely considered to be the next big thing as a USC linebacker, but didn't win the starting job outright with the transition to Monte Kiffin's Tampa-2 scheme. He rebounded as a senior, but was benched late in the year in favor of highly-rated freshman Lamar Dawson, a much better physical specimen. The issue with the back is going to also raise some potential red flags and he'll need to be cleared medically.
2011 GAMES WATCHED:
(9/3) vs. Minnesota: 1 TFL, 1.5 stuffs, 3 missed tackles; 1 pressure, 1 sack, 1 PD, 1 target, 0 rec., 0 yds, 0 TDs
(9/10) vs. Utah: N/A, no production
(10/13) at California: 1 TFL, 2 missed tackles; 2 tgt., 1 rec., 22 yds, 12 YAC, 0 TDs; 1 INT, 1 PD
(11/4) at Colorado: 1 TFL; 1 tgt., 0 rec., 0 yds, 0 TDs, 1 PD
2011: 12 GP/8 GS, 47 tackles, 3.5 TFLs, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT, 5 PD, 0 FF, 1 FR
2007: 3/0-8-0.0-0.0-0-0-0-0; redshirted due to back injury
- missed 3 games in 2008 due to surgery on herniated disk in his back that he suffered during 2007 season
- had a follow-up back surgery in spring prior to senior year in 2011
Assuming Galippo gets cleared medically by a team's doctors, I believe he can carve out a nice niche as a reserve linebacker in the NFL. He has the potential and versatility to play multiple roles in multiple schemes. He's probably best fitting as a weakside linebacker because he doesn't have the sort of physical presence you want as a middle linebacker. But he's not as fast or rangy as you want in an outside linebacker. That probably means that he winds up as a reserve guy in the middle in either a 4-3 or 3-4. His experience playing under Monte Kiffin and also in the hybrid 3-4 scheme of Pete Carroll adds to his versatility. It would not surprise me if Galippo gets a starting opportunity down the road at some point. I think he could make an effective stopgap starter for some team. But he's not a guy that a team is going to build around. if he does start, he'll be more of the Scott Shanle-type of starter that is capable of getting the job done, but won't get it done well. Most likely, Galippo is a career reserve that if he can stay healthy and produce on special teams can have a nice long NFL career. As a backup middle linebacker, he reminds me of a poor man's Barrett Ruud. He doesn't have Ruud's athleticism or speed coming out of Nebraska 7 years ago, but like Ruud is a guy that can get by with toughness and decent instincts more so than being a physical specimen in the middle. If he's a starter for prolonged period, he'll likely be exposed because he'll struggle against the bigger, more explosive NFL runners. But he's smart and tough enough that with a few years under his belt, and if he gets comfortable with a scheme, a coach can be comfortable with having him as a plug and play starter in the event of an injury. If the team has other playmakers at linebacker, you're not going to complain too much. If not, then his limitations will be more apparent.
Galippo can add depth on the Falcons team and offer comparable value potentially as Coy Wire did as a reserve that can play all three positions. He's not as fast or rangy as Wire was, but similarly he's a guy that can get by on toughness. The key with him will be his ability to immediately contribute on special teams. If he does, then he can earn a roster spot and develop into a valuabe reserve. His upside as a starter in Atlanta is limited, and he'd be a competent stopgap as an injury replacement for a couple of games, but would be exposed over prolonged periods.
Galippo can add depth for a team and that makes him worth a look in the late rounds. If he medically clears and a team is confident he can add immediate value on special teams (which they should be), then he can be worth a sixth or seventh round pick for a team looking for developmental depth. Ideally, you would be able to get him as a priority free agent, where he would have ideal value due to his ability to make an NFL roster and add value as a depth piece.
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Point of Attack: 4.5
Pass Rush: 5.0
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